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What About the Water
My new CD, coming on September 1, 2014
Available now for pre-order at my online store.
Or Check out my Kickstarter — now in progress.
I’m trying to make this a fun and enlightening journey for you as well as for me. When you follow the link, above, to the Kickstarter page, you’ll see that Joann and I have scoured some of our archives, and found some unusual recordings, books, and concert experiences that we’ve never offered before. (Some of them are plentiful, but there are a few one-of-a-kind items, so don’t delay).
With the help of my studio engineer, Mark Karney, I have made a 3 minute video to share some of my recording studio experience, as I create my 19th CD. It also tells you more about the CD and the songs. Making the CD is easy. Working with the new band of musicians, “Blue Horizon,” is easy, and still a bit different from what I’ve been doing for the past 18 recordings. Paying for the project is a little harder this year than in the past. That’s all explained in the video, and in the Kickstarter page, which we’ve just launched today.
Here’s a video of the title song, “What About the Water.”
The Kickstarter Mentions my woodworking projects. Here’s a sample, of Ships of the Fleet.
From the workbench of Lee Murdock, the Balladeer of the Great Lakes, comes an interesting new perspective on sailing ship models. These stylized replicas, produced from all recycled materials, give the viewer the impression of a sailing ship while underway and in full dress, all sails flying. Using recycled plastic milk bottles for the sails, old single-strand copper speaker wire for rigging and fittings, and small scraps of mahogany from his other projects, and even tooth-picks shaped for spars and yards, Lee has been able to recreate the look of classic sailing ships in all their glory as they would be viewed from across the water at a distance.Lee was inspired by many craftsmen over the years, but two especially have been instrumental in helping his vision for these models. Larry Penn, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a well-known songwriter in his own right, has built wooden toy models of trains, riverboats, and Lake-freighters for many years. His lake boats had the distinction of having their hulls end at the waterline, thus rendering the tabletop or shelf as representing the water level. Lee brings this idea forward by heeling these sailing ships over, opposite the wind direction, like that which actually happens on water.How to make the sails look like they’re catching the wind? Don Hardy, of Tampa, Florida, came up with his idea of using recycled glass (beer & wine bottles), for his sails on his “Ships of Glass.” The curve of the bottle shards gives the impression of full sails, as well as reflecting the sun light in a beautiful array of colors. If glass bottles can be used, why not plastic quart milk bottles? Besides being easier to cut, they are also translucent, just like the real thing. To finish off the illusion, Lee places each replica on a wood base, (usually highly figured maple), where the grain pattern in the wood resembles the waves on water.
We Shall Always Remember: A New Song Download it free
One of the New Songs to be released on What About the Water, is now available as a free Download. I’ve written it as a memorial of the Great Storm of 1913.
To download this song, right-click this link and save to your desktop. http://artistsofnote.com/music/lee-murdock/we-shall-always-remember.mp3 (Free, just right-click and save)
The Great Storm of 1913
On November 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th in 1913 occurred one of the most dramatic and tragic storms to ever hit the Great Lakes region. It thrashed across Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie with such force, that anything or anyone in its way, whether on water or land, stood a great chance of being altered, if not forever, for a very long time. Snow piled in huge drifts in cities such as Cleveland and Buffalo. Waves surged across the lakeside avenues in Chicago. Electrical and telephone lines were down in most every harbor. Time and commerce seemed to stand still. However, the shipping industry bore the brunt of most of Mother Nature’s fury.
According to Dana Thomas Bowen’s landmark book, Lore of the Lakes, published in 1940, eleven freighters and ships were considered a total loss with another six or seven so severely damaged that they were written off as well. Over 260 sailors lost their lives in the icy blast, whether from drowning or exposure. Grim reminders of this super-storm washed up on the leeward shores of these lakes for weeks afterward. And even then, questions still remained on a few of those vessels that just disappeared without a trace.
One hundred years later, we are still learning about what happened “out there” in the Great Storm. Just this past summer, one of those lake-boats that went missing without a clue, was discovered in Lake Superior’s waters near Marquette, Michigan. Captain James Owen had got underway in the freighter Henry B. Smith, leaving the safety of Marquette Harbor during a lull in the storm. She now rests on the lake-bed, a time-capsule to a tragedy.
As the excitement of this summer’s Tall Ship Challenge traveled from one lake-town to the next, the anniversary of this event seemed to have been overlooked. I remember how empty and helpless I felt last October 29th, when witnessing the sinking of HMS Bounty in Hurricane Sandy off of Cape Hatteras. And now, thinking about the Great Storm of 1913, and how it would compare with those storms we’ve endured recently, I felt compelled to write a remembrance in song for those ships and men that were lost so long ago.
It is titled, We Shall Always Remember, and I hope you will think it worthy.